Vases being stolen from cemetery in Surrey

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The Surrey RCMP are seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect or suspects who stole vases from Valley View Funeral Home and Cemetery.

More then 170 vases have been stolen and they were first reported as missing on April 26th, when a mother was visiting her sons grave and realized that his vase was gone.

Mira Miloica has a firm message to whoever stole the vase.

“I want to say to them, that they don’t have a conscience, that they should return them and do something about it and be human beings”

The missing vases have been very hard on families, according Valley View Funeral Home and Cemetery manager Justin Schultz.

He says the theft has hurt people who are already going through a difficult time.

“To arrive in the cemetery and find that the vase is missing from a loved ones grave is a horrible experience. We would really like to have these cherished items returned”

Media Relations officer for the Surrey RCMP, Scotty Schumann, says metal theft has been in issue in B.C.

“Metal theft is an issue across the lower mainland. It’s safe to say that when there is large quantities of unprotected metal, it could quite possibly be stolen. People need to be vigilante and certainly report anything suspicious to their local police.”

People are being reminded that these vases do have a very distinct look and to keep their eyes open; in the event someone does see the vase, they are being asked to contact the Surrey RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

Schultz says the cemetery has implemented several security measures to increase safety for family and friends vising the grounds.

He adds that cemetery’s are designed to be accessed by the public and to provide comfort to those who have lost a loved one.

Valley View Funeral Home and Cemetery recognizes the importance of being able to leave flowers and is working on a replacement for the vases that will be of less valule to thieves.